Archives for December 2016

Holiday Hours

Saturday, December 31: Urgent Care at 420 E. Sarnia open: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, January 1: Urgent Care closed.

Monday, January 2: All Winona Health locations open normal hours.

Winona Health’s Emergency Department at 855 Mankato Avenue is always open. For information about Winona Health, visit or call 507.454.3650.

Want to quit smoking?

 FREE help is available!

Improving your health is a gift to yourself—and your family. Winona Health’s next smoking cessation program is FREE and it begins Thursday, January 5, 2017.

This free program includes four sessions meeting Thursday evenings 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Parkview Conference Room on the first floor of the hospital at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue.

“Quitting smoking can be the number one best thing people can do for their health,” said Lynn Sprain MS, RT, RCEP, program facilitator. “Quitting isn’t easy, but it can be done and there is no doubt that it’s worth it. We’re here to help.”

Winona Health’s smoking cessation program will:

  • help individuals recognize and understand their reasons for smoking
  • cover the variety of benefits to quitting
  • provide ways to handle physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms
  • share tips and techniques for becoming and remaining smoke free
  • provide a supportive atmosphere for you to ask questions and get helpful information

“Quitting can be such a relief,” said Sprain. “Relief from worrying about your health, relief from the feeling of dependency on cigarettes—and relief from the high cost of smoking.”

This four-session program is free. RSVP is appreciated, but walk-ins the first night of the program will be welcome as space permits. For more information or to sign up in advance, call Lynn Sprain at 507.474.3324.


Ugly sweater contest generates smiles and laughs

Lake Winona Manor residents and Winona Health staff found plenty to smile about at the Ugly Sweater Contest held Friday, December 16.

More than a dozen people donned a festive sweater in hopes of getting the biggest laugh and the most votes for Ugliest Sweater.

“The residents loved it!” said Jennifer Schultz, Therapeutic Recreation supervisor at Lake Winona Manor. “They enjoyed the ‘fashion show’ with the models — and the contestants had a great time as well.”

The winner of “Ugliest Sweater” was Lake Winona Manor resident Sharon Kottschade. Winner of “Most Festive” was Lynda Sobotta, Lake Winona Manor administrative assistant, and Kelly Bartelson, a Lake Winona Manor trained medication assistant, was runner up.

Schultz noted that Lake Winona Manor staff and residents select special days to celebrate each month. “It’s another reason Lake Winona Manor feels like a fun and vibrant home, and it enhances the family-like connection between our residents and staff.”


Welcome Meagan Scheuing, CNP, to Internal Medicine!

Meagan Scheuing, CNP

Meagan Scheuing, a certified nurse practitioner, joined the Winona Health staff and now sees patients in the Internal Medicine department.

Scheuing (pronounced Shoe-ing) said she chose Winona Health because, “I’m fairly new to the area, and when I was interviewing, from my first contact, everyone at Winona Health was so welcoming, open to questions and willing to help. It feels like a supportive environment and the staff is focused on putting patients first.”

Scheuing earned her Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner from Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Ill., and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. She is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Asked why she decided to become a nurse practitioner, Scheuing, who has several years of experience as a nurse, said, “When I was caring for hospitalized patients, I’d often see people returning over and over. I decided to study to be a nurse practitioner so I could do more to help people prevent conditions that can often lead to hospitalization. The best part of my work is getting to know my patients—the better I know them, the better I can help them find ways to stay healthy or improve their health.”

In her free time, Scheuing enjoys horseback riding, taking exercise classes at the Y, baking “but not cooking,” and sharing what she bakes with others. She and her husband live in La Crescent, Minn.

To schedule an appointment with Meagan Scheuing, CNP, call 507.457.7622.  For more information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, visit and click Find a Provider. Winona Health is also on Facebook and Twitter.


Care Coordination designed to improve health and wellbeing

Jenna Van Beek, Betty Crawford and Katie Semling are registered nurses providing Care Coordination at Winona Health.

Winona Health recently developed Care Coordination services to further its mission to improve the health and wellbeing of the community. Care Coordination is available to all community members who have health needs or who are living with multiple chronic health conditions.

“We understand that healthcare can be complicated,” said Internal Medicine physician Daniel Parker, MD. “For example, it can be difficult for individuals to manage a chronic condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure and the related health risks. Care Coordination services enhance care by providing additional education and offering individualized patient-centered support. Those are important factors that impact health outcomes, but that normal clinic visits don’t always allow time for.”

Care Coordinators do not replace a person’s regular healthcare provider. Care Coordinators are Registered Nurses who work with healthcare providers to offer additional, personalized services. They’ll help people determine their personal health goals, identify interests, and connect them with the right healthcare or community resources. In short, Care Coordinators support individuals in their effort to maintain or improve their health and enjoy life.

Care Coordination services revolve around each person’s needs and are designed to help them live a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Care Coordination:

  • Is available for all community members who have health needs or are living with a chronic health condition (for example: diabetes, mental health issues, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and other conditions that may be challenging to manage)
  • Involves Registered Nurses who work with individuals and their healthcare provider to support them reaching their health goals
  • Helps people navigate various healthcare services and other resources
  • Is designed to improve each person’s overall health and wellbeing


Those who are interested in Care Coordination services should talk with their healthcare provider for a referral, or call 507.457.7660 for more information.


HealthyFit winter sessions begin in January 2017

Want to lose a little—or a lot?  HealthyFit is Winona Health’s 14-week, adult weight-management program. Remove the word “diet” from your vocabulary and learn how to form a healthy relationship with food. The one-hour sessions are led by a registered dietitian or a certified wellness coach and feature tips and information from exercise health specialists.

The winter program offers three different 14-week sessions beginning:

  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, January 23, 2017, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Topics covered include effective goal setting and problem solving, label reading and grocery shopping, handling setbacks and maintaining your weight loss. Participants can track their progress through weekly weigh-ins, and a pre-and post-program body composition analysis. Previous participants have improved weight-related health problems, improved energy levels and gained self-confidence.

The 14-week program is $175, program binder is available for an additional $36.  The class fee is non-refundable.  Program materials will be available online free for all participants.  Financial assistance may be available to those who meet specific criteria.

Class size is limited. For more information, click here or, to sign up, call 507.457.4521.

Winona Health increasing access to psychiatry services

A telepsychiatry visit is just like an office visit except it is conducted through secure video communication technology.

This month, Winona Health will begin offering telepsychiatry services to expand access to mental health expertise.

“Telepsychiatry is behavioral health care delivered through a video system in a secure, private place,” explained John Rislove, director of Behavioral Health at Winona Health. “Our local office staff meets with patients in person at our location in the Parkview Office Building on the Winona Health campus, sets up the appointment and is available for help with any issues.”

Rislove said that telepsychiatry services have proved to be as effective as in-person services, with the only difference being that the provider is not in the same room. He describes the visit to have the feel of a skype or facetime visit but through a more secure communication network.

Winona Health is offering telepsychiatry as a way to counteract a nationwide shortage of psychiatrist providers. Telepsychiatry professionals are experts in their field and are trained in providing quality care using technology.

“Many organizations want to hire psychiatrists,” said Rislove. “There simply are not enough to go around, and many of them want to practice within large healthcare organizations where they have a group of colleagues to practice with. This is a way for us to tap into the resources available and increase access for our local community so people don’t need to seek care out of town or go without this specialty care.”

Offering telepsychiatry is in keeping with Winona Health’s vision of being a leader in the revolutionary transformation of community healthcare.

“Doing things the same way they’ve always been done is no longer a viable way to provide mental health services,” said Rislove. “We have wonderful experts here on staff, and telepsychiatry will help us supplement what’s available.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a mental health professional, call Winona Health Psychiatric and Counseling Services at 507.454.2606.

Free Telecare service provides peace of mind for those who live on their own

Every day, Winona Health Volunteers provide peace of mind to individuals who live alone and their families through its free Telecare service.

Telecare volunteers make daily phone calls, including weekends and holidays, to Telecare clients. The phone call is a way for individuals who live alone to stay connected on a daily basis and know that someone will follow up if they are unable to get to the phone.

Winona Health Volunteer David Forest has been involved with Telecare for about 20 years and is the current Telecare chairperson.  Carole Pehler, now Carole Pehler-Forest, David’s wife, got David involved in Telecare when he moved to Winona in 1996. Carol remains active in Telecare, creating personalized birthday and holiday cards for the clients, and scheduling volunteers for the service.

“A Telecare client of more than 20 years recently passed away at the age of 100. She is the reason I continue to be involved in Telecare,” said David Forest. “This is an important service for many people who may not have family close who can check on them, and I enjoy helping them stay independent in their own homes.”

Telecare volunteers, under the direction of program co-chair, Lori Luby, host spring and fall parties featuring lunch and bingo to give clients and volunteers an opportunity to visit face-to-face.

“I’m so grateful to be home in my own apartment and have all you wonderful people calling. I appreciate your caring!” wrote one Telecare client. The Volunteers have notes that some clients have mentioned that it is the only call they get.

The free Telecare service is available to people of all ages who are disabled, elderly or live alone and would feel reassured by hearing a friendly voice calling to check in. Calls are made between 8 and 10 a.m. If a Telecare client cannot be reached on a scheduled day, the Telecare volunteer will contact the friend or relative the client has chosen as their contact person.

Telecare clients also can ask not to be called on specific days. For example, if the client is always with family on Sundays, they can ask not to be contacted Sundays, or if they know they will not be home for any reason, they simply let the volunteer know, and they will be taken off the call list for those dates.

Winona Health Volunteers have provided this service since 1973. Currently, nearly 25 volunteers participate in offering this service.

Telecare is available to anyone in the Winona Health service area. For more information or to sign up to receive this free service, please call the Winona Health volunteer office at 507.457.4342.





Join us for the 2016 Trees of Light gathering

Trees-of-Light-headerCommunity members who are honoring or remembering family and friends who hold a special place in their hearts during this holiday season are invited to the Winona Health Foundation’s Trees of Light gathering on Thursday, December 15 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Winona Health clinic lobby, 855 Mankato Ave., in Winona.

Attendees are invited to enjoy music, refreshments, visit with friends, view the trees and take home the ornaments tagged with their honorees’ name. A short remembrance ceremony will begin at 5:50 p.m. under the direction of Ronia Frelund, M.Div.

“We are grateful for our generous community members who choose to honor friends and family members through the Trees of Light,” said Betsy Midthun, VP of community engagement at Winona Health. “It’s a thoughtful reminder of those who are important to us or those who will always be remembered, and it’s a meaningful way to support community healthcare.”

Those who gave are welcome to find their ornaments on the trees and take them home during the event on December 15 or anytime during clinic hours after December 15. The campaign continues until December 31. Gifts received by December 31 will be acknowledged in the Winona Post.

Gifts to the Trees of Light campaign may be made online, by mail or in person at the Foundation office on the first floor of the hospital at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, Winona, 55987. Giving forms are available at the hospital and clinic information desks.

For more information, contact the Winona Health Foundation at 507.474.3328 or online at

Winona Health president/CEO selected to chair American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals


Rachelle Schultz

After being selected to serve as  chair-elect in 2016, Rachelle Schultz, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Winona Health, will begin serving as chair of the governing council for the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Section for Small or Rural Hospitals in 2017.

“Rural healthcare is the backbone of our country’s healthcare system,” said Schultz. “Those of us who have chosen smaller communities to live, work and raise our families need viable healthcare services. The members of the Small and Rural Hospitals governing council are strong advocates for rural healthcare, and I was very pleased to be asked to chair this committee whose mission I deeply believe in.”
The AHA’s Section for Small or Rural Hospitals provides representation, advocacy and educational opportunities to help the nation’s small or rural hospitals better serve the health needs of patients and communities. The 18-member governing council represents small or rural hospitals in the AHA’s policy process and member services initiatives. In addition, the council advises the AHA on federal policy issues.

Schultz has more than 25 years’ experience in healthcare management. At Winona Health, she oversees a 99-bed acute care hospital, physician clinics, a 120-bed nursing home, three assisted living residences, hospice program, retail pharmacies, a foundation and related healthcare services.